Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 11:25:38 -0800

From: jarthurs jarthurs[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UVIC.CA

Subject: Re: dumb question, I'm really sorry

|Duane Campbell wrote: "Who said, 'Less is more'?"

|Alan Baragona replied: "Believe it or not, my hardback Bartlett's


|it to Robert Browning! ['Andrea del Sarto,' l. 78, with a cross reference

|to Hesiod: 'Fools, they do not even know how much more is the half than

|the whole']".

I do not understand what the Browning quote has to do with the Campbell

question: it may express, by implication, a notion akin to that of "Less is

more" but it does not correspond to it textually, obviously. So, what does it

matter that Browning said what he said?

For my part, I do not know with any certainty who said, 'Less is more' but my

immediate reaction to the question was "Buckminster Fuller".

Any further offers?

Dr. James Arthurs,

Advisor, Applied Linguistics Programmes,

Department of Linguistics,

University of Victoria,

Box 3045,

Victoria, B.C. Tel: (250) 721-7432)

Canada V8W 3P4 Fax: (250) 721-7423)